Whiskey Kills: A Killstraight Story
Spur Award-winner Author -- His Arrows Fly Straight Into The Hearts Of His Enemies was the Comanche name given him by his father. But the Pale Eyes had given him a new name, Daniel Killstraight, and it is that name by which he became known after his return to the reservation of the Kiowas, Comanches, and Apaches. He became a native police officer, called a Metal Shirt by the Indians and some whites. Toyarocho, drunk on contraband whiskey, in his stupor rolled over onto the body of his 4-year-old daughter, Willow, smothering her to death. Leviticus Ellenbogen is appalled at the event and wants Killstraight to make an investigation on who supplied Toyarocho with the whiskey. If it was a white man, Killstraight cannot make an arrest, but he can collect evidence. There is one clue. The whiskey Toyarocho had drunk was in a ginger beer bottle manufactured by Cox & Coursey Bottling Works. But Killstraight is working against impediments other than not being able to arrest a white man. Teepee That Stands Alone, the dead Willow's grandfather, perhaps knows something, but he will not share it with a Metal Shirt. If Killstraight leaves the reservation in the course of his investigation, he will have no authority at all. And the white men involved undertake to have Killstraight jailed for numerous infractions against territorial and federal laws as an opening strategy. There is an even more certain way of making sure that Killstraight's investigation is stopped - permanently - and that is by killing him. Johnny D. Boggs is one of the few Western writers to have won three Spur Awards from Western Writers of America and the Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. A native of South Carolina, Boggs spent almost 15 years in Texas as a journalist. Boggs now lives with his wife Lisa and son Jack in Santa Fe.
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